Most patients who undergo these treatments have minimal redness for 1-12 hours. Due to the nature of these treatments, you may experience light flaking for a couple of days. Your skin may feel tight and dry.
Apply moisturizer as gently and as frequently as needed– Do not rub it in hard. This may be 10-20 times a day. Use it whenever you feel dry or itchy. Do not let your skin dry out. Dryness causes pulling on the new skin underneath, which may cause red, irritated areas.
Do not pick or rub your skin. It is important that you try to sleep on your back to avoid rubbing the skin off your chin or check area prematurely.
Unless recommended by your doctor, do not apply topical medications, AHA or BHA products to the area for 5-7 days after your treatment, as they may be irritating.
It is recommended that you do not apply makeup the day of your treatment. It is ideal to allow the skin to stabilize and rest overnight.
Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat for at least 7 days (getting overheated internally can cause hyperpigmentation). Always use sunscreen/sunblock for your protection. Do not pick or pull at any loose skin, as this can cause hyperpigmentation or scarring. You must begin to use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher after the peel. If you must be out in the sun (i.e. for a walk), do this early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is less intense. Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Do not have electrolysis, use chemical depilatories or wax the treated area for at least 7 days.
Cosmetics may be used several days after finishing the peel. If you have any unexpected irritation or possible infection, call the office immediately. This is especially important if you are developing a cold sore or if crusted yellowish areas appear on your face.
- You will continue to wash your face twice a day with the appropriate cleanser and lukewarm water.
- You must keep your face moist with a moisturizer.
- You must not pick or rub your skin.
- Do not go out in the sun at all while peeling – even 5 minutes. After the peel, wear sunscreen daily.
- Do not use any creams (such as bleaching creams, Retin-A, or glycolic acid) until the doctor instructs you to do so.
- Do not apply ice or ice water to the treated areas. Vinegar soaks may be used if needed.
- Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray. Do not use a steam room, Jacuzzi, or sauna.
- Do not go swimming.
- Do not participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
- Do not use any means of mechanical exfoliation.
- Do not direct a hairdryer onto treated areas.